Saturday, February 13, 2016

Lincoln: 5 Months

Your daddy thinks I'm overdoing it by posting this only 2 days after you turn 5 months old. But look at your mama pulling out a win this month!

We've enjoyed such a mild winter -until TODAY! Thank goodness you have no idea it is 0 degrees outside and just think life is always warm and cozy.

Here are your 5 months pictures, little cutie:

-Well, this mama is in uncharted territory. Your big brother never really had a 4 month sleep regression. Between 4-5 months, you have gone from sleeping 9 hours a night to eating 1-2 times between 9 pm and 6 am. It's a good thing you're cute!
-We keep saying we're going to move you to your nursery, but haven't actually done it. It's really going to happen this month! Fingers crossed.
-You have found your feet, and it's so cute. Yay!
-You are tracking our food from bowl to mouth and want to eat it all!
-You got to try out some whole oat cereal and gobbled it up! After 6 months, we'll start adding in other yummy foods to expand that little palette. 
-You are a solid boy! We think you're bordering 16 lbs and will weigh in at the pediatricians at 6 months. Grampa Al calls you the boxer! 
-You are ticklish, love to laugh and are just the most good natured little guy.
-You can squeal and talk at such a loud decibel. We can hear you buddy, we promise!
-We finally started giving you real baths this month instead of just a sponge bath! I know buddy, it was high time.

Here are a few pictures of what you've been up to this month:
{Grocery Shopping with bubba and mama} 

{Your cousin Fletcher loves to play with you} 

{First food!} 

{Happy guy before your photo shoot} 

{Baby's first cold} 

{Playing is real tough stuff -naps are in order!}

We can't wait to see all the fun things you'll be doing over the next few months! It's so exciting to watch you grow.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lincoln: 4 Months

This new year brings a new schedule for our family. Our days begin early and evenings end late, but there's still much fun to be had. Lincoln, you are growing, growing, growing!

Here are your stats this month:
Length - 25.5 inches
Weight - 14 pounds 8 ounces
Head - 16.5 inches

{This is our always happy little guy}

{Our precious boy} 

 {Curious little buddy}

{He's always trying to get Moose's ear or tail in his mouth}

{Seriously. Always. Happy.}

Here's what you've been up to this month:
-You met Santa this month! We waited far too long, but you and brother were sweet and pretty happy to see him.
-You took your first road trip out of town...errrr...across the country! We drove 2 days to Oklahoma for Christmas.
-You took your first train ride for the Polar Express with Nana, Pa and all our sweet cousins.
-And one more, you also took your first plane ride with mama on the way back from Christmas and were just the best little snoozy baby! Wow you were quite the busy guy!
-You love for mama to sing Itsy Bitsy Spider during diaper changes.
-While we were in Oklahoma for Christmas we had you dedicated at the new Woodlake Church Bixby campus by Pastor Jamie Austin. It was so fun to have the same pastor who married us dedicate you. We cannot wait to see what the Lord is going to do through you!
-You met our sweet friends the Gundys! We love them so much and couldn't wait to show you off to them.
-You celebrated your first Christmas 3 times! Bills Family Christmas at Nana and Papa's house, Pickney Family Christmas in Oklahoma and Nana and Pa's house and at home with our sweet little family when we got back from Oklahoma. What a blessed little babe!
-We've got a drooler! Teething, lots of bibs to absorb the drool and a little first gnawing. You are still adorable, just a little messy now!

Here are a few more pictures of what you've been up to this month!

{Bills Family Christmas}

 {Reindeer Baby}

 {Seeing Santa}

 {Lincoln meets our friends Grayson and Hudson}

 {Lincoln's Dedication}

{Sunday Sunday!!!}

We just love the addition you are to our little family!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Lincoln: 3 Months

I feel like a completely broken record, but these months just keep going by so fast! At the end of month 3 we were in a serious transition phase as a family. I had just gone back to work, Josh started his new job as an auditor with The Bonadio Group and was a week shy of finishing grad school! All wonderful changes, but so much change to manage. That being said, it was a really fun month and 45 days later I'm trying to catch up!

We don't go back to the doctor until 4 months, but I estimate that you weigh 14-14.5 pounds.

How cute can you be???

Here are some things you have been up to this month:
-Mama went back to work half days on November 16 when you were 9 weeks old. You're spending the day with Nana, Dayton and a myriad of other little friends! Daddy drops you and brother off and mama picks you both up. We miss you so much during the day, but you're in the BEST hands.
-You nurse before you leave in the mornings and then you eat 16 - 18 oz while I'm working and then usually eat 2-3 times before bed.
-You go to sleep around 9:00 and get up around 5:45-6:00.
-You've started playing with a couple of toys. We're just waiting for you to start reaching for them!
-You experienced your first Thanksgiving, and it was a first for all of us. We celebrated at your Unca, Aunt Minda, Graham, Claire and Conner's house.
-We're pretty terrible at doing tummy time, but mama spends so much time wearing you (and occasionally daddy) in either the Tula, wrap or ring sling that we know you're working those core muscles.
-You're mama is over the moon for the cute honest company diapers we're using on you. My favorites right now are the plaid and sled dog. They have sled dog pattern diapers. Seriously!
-On December 8, you sat in your Bumbo chair for a few minutes. We're not sure how you felt about it, but you didn't cry!

Here are pictures of what you've been up to this month!


We love you so much little stinker!


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Second Annual Mug 'n Muffins Party

Last year I threw together a last minute copycat party called "Mug 'n Muffins." I cannot take credit for the concept's cuteness. My sweet friend, Anna, back in Oklahoma threw a Mug 'n Muffins party every Christmas before I moved to New York. I decided last year that I wanted an annual little party like that with my closest friends. These ladies support me, love me, tell me the truth and make me laugh! As I am coming up on 5 year in New York (impossible, but true), I'm thankful for friends like these in a place I thought would be so barren.

Now for the fun....

{mugs wrapped and ready for stealing} 

Here's how it works for us:

1. You must show up in some form of lounge wear or pajamas.
2. You bring a wrapped mug. It can be Christmassy, but it is not required. This year's mugs were so darn cute!
3. I provide an egg casserole, muffins and coffee -iced and hot. Everyone else brings a yummy breakfast treat.
4. We eat and let a movie like Elf play in the background. Something we can stop and laugh at and still allow lots of conversation.
5. Then we play Dirty Santa -lots of stealing encouraged, until we all have a mug to take home.
6. Everyone goes home with a little something from the host. Last year it was a Christmas cookie cutter and this year an ornament.

{so much yummy food -yogurt parfaits, baked oatmeal, apple cinnamon and cranberry orange walnut muffins, fresh fruit, egg casserole -mmmm!} 

{congregating in the kitchen is totally universal} 

One of my original posts on this blog was about being gracious home owners. We always want to open our home to our community and to do life with the ones we love -make them feel special. This is my way of doing that for friends who are my little village throughout the year. My kids, my family and my home wouldn't be standing tall today without them.

{super cute mugs and precious friends}


Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinner

We were so thankful to share Thanksgiving dinner with my brother and family! It was relaxing and stress free even with so much food to prepare. Here are a few pictures of the food and fun -with recipes!

Holiday Cocktails. Recipe here.

We love Heron Hill Winery, and their Unoaked Chardonnay is great with pretty much everything!

Amanda set such a pretty table for us! She loves a DIY project and took some pinecones from a neighbors yard and then spray painted them. The table is so festive without being overly fall.

The pinot noir was recommended as a red that goes well with turkey. I didn't try it because of my love of the chardonnay we picked, but I'm sure it was great.

The kids had their own fun table with plates from World Market and another DIY project from Amanda. Their little turkeys with veggie sticks are so cute!

Josh captured all the yummy food pictures. I successfully made delicious gravy!!!

Classic Thanksgiving day fail: We didn't get a picture of the beautiful bird!!! However, our turkey was local from Autumn Harvest Farm via The Good Food Collective. This is the second time we've used Good Food Collective to get a turkey, and it's always so delicious!!!

These sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts are fantastic!!! I want to eat them again already! You can find the recipe here.

Amanda made these wonderful Oatmeal Molasses Rolls!

I have been making this apple pie for many years now thanks to a good friend sharing it with me! You must go make it now. Recipe below...

Crumb Topping Apple Pie

Pie Filling:
6 c. sliced and peeled apples, such as Golden Delicious (about 5 lg. apples)
1 (9-inch) unbaked deep-dish pie shell
1 1/4/ c. granulated sugar
2/ tbsp. cornstarch
4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) butter, melted and cooled
3 lg. eggs yolks, beaten
1/4 c. whipping cream
1/4 c. milk
Juice of 1/2 lg. lemon

Crumb Topping:
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 stick melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make pie: place the apples in the pie shell. In a large bowl or in a food processor, combine the granulated sugar, cornstarch, butter, and egg yolks. Mix until the sugar has dissolved.

Add the cream, milk and lemon juice and blend until smooth. Pour the filling over the apples and set aside.

Make the crumb topping: in a food processor in a bowl, cream together the butter (about 1/2 a stick) and brown sugar. Add the flour and cinnamon and process or stir until the mixture forms medium-size crumbs. Evenly sprinkle the top of the pie with the crumbs.

Place the pie on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until the crumbs are lightly browned.

Coll to room temperature and to allow the custard to set. Cut into wedges and serve, accompanied by vanilla ice cream.

Serves 6-8.

NOTE: Be sure to use a DEEP 9-inch pie place or an ordinary 10-inch pie plate.

We love these boys so much! Their "Happy Fall Y'all" shirts are from the Twinkle Hearts Etsy shop with an awesome owner, Kristen, that was able to customize these for me!

These three babes make everything more fun and are teaching my boys to be wild and crazy. We love it!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Pickney and Bills Families!